We’ve seen it happen over and over again. A Republican president gets elected, and the establishment media mobilizes its forces to smear, taint, and destroy him. Like a good Republican, the president allows it to happen. They take the media’s lies and blatantly biased reporting with a smile without so much as a counterargument.
This has been the media’s modus operandi for decades. They attempted to paint Ronald Reagan as a dumb individual who is not intellectually fit to run the country. Later, they did the same with George W. Bush. Even presidential candidates were targets.
Then, when Mitt Romney decided to challenge their anointed prince in 2012, they launched a vicious campaign to make Romney — who is about as mean as Mr. Rogers — look like a monster who killed the wife of a steelworker with cancer. For decades, the left-wing establishment media has had significant success against Republican politicians — until now.
When President Trump was campaigning against Hillary Clinton, the media threw everything they had at him. Accusations of racism, sexual misconduct, misogyny were a mainstay on mainstream news outlets. But this time it was different. Their attacks didn’t work. America elected Donald Trump, and even now, their usual weapons are not working. The question is: Why?
The Establishment Media Has Never Dealt With A Politician Like Trump
As we all know, Trump isn’t like other Republican presidents. However, one distinct difference is that Trump seems to understand something that other Republicans don’t: The media is not invincible. Their word is not gospel. Moreover, he is not afraid to call them out when they engage in reporting that is obviously biased or false.
His penchant for slamming the media made him attractive to conservative voters, who had grown weary of the media’s apparent disdain for them. These people became tired of watching journalists like Brian Stelter and Anderson Cooper skew their reporting in a way that consistently favored the left. They were frustrated by the unfair and malicious attacks against right-wing politicians. To them, President Trump’s willingness to confront the press on their dishonesty was a breath of fresh air.
Trump has become nearly invulnerable to the media’s efforts to smear him. When the press lobs dirt at him, it seems to roll off without having any lasting impact. The media’s behavior over the past few decades has put them in a position where their campaign against Trump has become so impotent he can shut them down by calling them “fake news” even when he’s wrong. It’s a prime example of the chickens coming home to roost, and the media is not very happy about it.
The Media’s Frustration With This Donald Trump
Over the past couple years, members of the press have whined incessantly about Trump’s attacks. On Sunday, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told CNN, “It’s out of control, and his advisers should tell him to stop because it’s actually affecting the civic life and debate in the country.”
CNN’s David Gergen warned that Trump’s lashing out against the press could cause harm to the United States. “We have an election that’s just around the corner, later this year,” he told host Brian Stelter. “What if the Democrats, you know, take the House back? Is that all going to be blamed on ‘Fake News?’”
Hmmm, that’s an interesting statement coming from Gergen, who had nothing to say about the fact that the left has been trying to convince the American public that Trump won the presidency because of fake news. I suppose it’s only okay if the left does it, right?
Last year, journalist Bob Woodward joined in. At 2017’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, he rebuked the president. After acknowledging that journalists sometimes “make mistakes” when reporting the news, he claimed that “the effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith.” He went on to say “Mr. President, the media is not fake news.”
Bob, I wish you were right. Unfortunately, there has been an immense number of cases in which the media reported stories that were not true. Remember when CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried to convince Americans not to read Hillary Clinton’s emails on WikiLeaks by falsely claiming that it was illegal? What about when they claimed that President Trump threatened Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto with an invasion? Oh, and there was also the time when CNN deliberately edited a video of Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feeding koi fish to make Trump look like a foolish boor. That was a good one.
Sorry, Mr. Woodward. It’s too hard to believe that the long list of the media’s false reporting is full of honest mistakes. If this were the case, the press would also publish erroneous stories that benefit conservatives. Let’s call it what it is: Blatant media bias.
The Solution? Go Back To Actual Journalism!
Fortunately for the media, I have a sure-fire solution to their problem: Stop acting as a political advocacy group, and return to REAL journalism. Yes, I know, it sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it might be crazy enough to work!
The reason the media’s attacks aren’t working is that they are dealing with a president who fights back and because they have lost the trust of the American public. Trump’s attacks on the press only highlight the real issue: People have already seen that their reporting is dishonest. If they were to engage in fair, factual reporting, they could earn back the trust of the nation. Until they give the American people what they want, the media will continue to tilt at windmills and descend further into utter irrelevancy. Oh well. They can’t say I didn’t warn them!